What is Fluency?

“…the smoothness or flow with which sounds, syllables, words and phrases are joined together when speaking quickly.”

This is a textbook definition of fluency. But, what does fluency mean to you?

When it comes to mastering a new language, we all have our own unique goals. It’s important to remember these goals as you tackle the task that is studying a foreign language.

The first step is asking yourself if you want to speak “World English” or “American English” or one of the many different classifications of English. World English is not as concerned with grammar and proper sentence structure. It requires high frequency vocabulary. (Vocabulary that is used most often.) If you want to understand a variety of accents and be able to communicate with people from different backgrounds, this is the way to go. Another important thing to know is your purpose for learning a new language.

If you want to do business, then you’ll use a different set of vocabulary than what is needed for a cashier in a restaurant. If you are in the medical profession, you won’t use the same words for working as a train conductor. So, take the time to figure this out and clearly define your intentions. That will make learning English a much easier process.

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Gabby Wallace, M.Ed TESOL

About the Author
Gabby Wallace is the Founder of Go Natural English, where you can quickly improve your confidence speaking English through advanced fluency practice. Even if you don't have much time, this is the best place for improving your English skills. Millions of global intermediate - advanced English students are learning with Gabby's inspiring, clear, and energetic English lessons. Gabby has a Masters Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Boston University and 20+ years experience helping students become fluent through her online courses and membership program.

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